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Against the back­drop of Dubai’s Al Barari botanic haven, Maya Toubia Jab­bour cre­ates a dream­like out­door set­ting for qual­ity time to en­joy great food with fam­ily and friends

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Bo­hemian Spring with Maya Toubia Jab­bour

What was your in­spi­ra­tion?

I was in­spired by the ‘Boho’ chic fash­ion that is back with plenty of vi­brant, vivid col­ors and pat­terns.

The plan was to place in­di­vid­ual flow­ers in bot­tles and small vases. I used orange or­chids, orange ra­nun­cu­lus, fuch­sia roses and a mix of orange and bright pink bougainvil­lea plants.

I mixed in­for­mal pat­terns and lay­ers of col­ored fab­ric to re­flect the free-spir­ited Bo­hemian mood.

I stud­ied ad­ver­tis­ing and mar­ket­ing, but to a large ex­tent, wed­ding plan­ning is all about cre­ativ­ity, de­sign and taste. I’m also an in­struc­tor at EMDI Dubai; I teach 'Wed­ding Plan­ning & Events Man­age­ment'.

about it?

I was al­ways pas­sion­ate about flo­ral de­sign and dec­o­ra­tion. I started help­ing fam­ily and friends or­ga­nize their own wed­dings and events and soon found my­self fully ded­i­cated

to it. What I love about my work is giv­ing life to con­cepts and see­ing ideas ma­te­ri­al­ize. The wed­ding day is one of the most im­por­tant days of a per­son’s life and it is a priv­i­lege to take part in such an oc­ca­sion. There is noth­ing re­ally to hate about it as long as you plan in ad­vance and show enough flex­i­bil­ity to ac­com­mo­date last-minute changes.

What is key for a wed­ding plan­ner is to avoid the trap of rep­e­ti­tion. De­signs should high­light the per­sonal ideas of the cou­ple get­ting mar­ried. As for trends, there aren't re­ally any ob­vi­ous ones. The event it­self de­pends on the cou­ple in ques­tion. Some opt for large events, oth­ers for smaller, cozy gath­er­ings. What is re­ally pick­ing up, how­ever, is des­ti­na­tion wed­dings.

Le­banon is a pioneer in the in­dus­try, from va­ri­ety of venues to food and cater­ing, and the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of sup­pli­ers. Dubai, mean­while, of­fers a flex­i­ble plat­form for var­i­ous cul­tures and back­grounds. It has done a great job of mix­ing and match­ing that and is solidly po­si­tion­ing it­self as a lead­ing wed­ding des­ti­na­tion in the Mid­dle East.

I love host­ing din­ners and have made it a point to re­flect my pas­sion and work at such friendly gath­er­ings. Based on that, I have de­vel­oped my own line of 'table set­tings', which are ready-made and boxed, put to­gether in styles for dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions. I've also ven­tured into host­ing table-set­ting work­shops and of­ten col­lab­o­rate with well-known brands for se­lect prod­uct shoot­ing based on my de­signs and sets.

Tai­lor-made cut­lery, gold, black and rosegold-plated. Cre­ative and specif­i­cally de­signed plates that are out of the or­di­nary. Col­ored ac­ces­sories are rarely used re­ally, but change the whole ap­proach.

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Boho chic fash­ion is back with plenty of vi­brant, vivid col­ors and pat­terns

Use pat­terns and col­ored fab­ric to re­flect the free-spir­ited Bo­hemian mood

Col­or­ful glass­ware and gold cut­tlery set the right mood

I used orange or­chids, orange ra­nun­cu­lus, fuch­sia roses and a mix of orange and bright pink bougainvil­lea plants

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